Category Archives: Textual Criticism

basic questions on acts 15

When watching movies with my wife, she tends to intuitively identify bad plot writing. She will turn to me and say: “Why did xyz character do xyz action?” I will respond often with “because the movie has a terrible plot … Continue reading

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walter brueggemann on a literal reading of the Bible

From Walter Brueggemann’s Theology of the Old Testament: Israel’s testimony, however, is not to be understood as a claim subject to historical explication or to philosophical understanding. It is rather an utterance that proposes that this particular past be construed … Continue reading

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beware calvinism

Calvinism is simply defined as a theology that borrows divine attributes from Platonism. Platonism originated the idea of the Summum Bonum, the perfect good. To Plotinus, the “perfect good” was a timeless, unchanging, omnipresent, and omniscient being (all the negative … Continue reading

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eusebius on the canon of the Bible

Eusebius (260-340AD) is one of the oldest sources listing out books considered as accepted as the New Testament. There is a mysterious fragment (Muratorian fragment), which also lists out books (notably not listing James, 1 Peter, and 2 Peter). But … Continue reading

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the epistle of barnabas

The Epistle of Barnabas (not to be confused with the Gospel of Barnabas) was an early 1st century (80-120 A.D.) Christian document which was widely attributed to the apostle Barnabas. The Epistle of Barnabas was written to Gentile Christians and … Continue reading

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divorce for abandonment

The question was presented to me on the nature of Biblical divorce. Are there any circumstances (such as spousal abandonment) which would warrant a divorce? The answer is twofold: 1. Abandonment is divorce. There is no “divorce for abandonment”. They … Continue reading

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john cassian on literalism

John Cassian actually provides an interesting example of a “literal” reading of the Bible that is taken to absurd extent. Apparently there were some monks who misinterpreted Jesus’ command to “take up your cross”: whosoever takes not up his cross … Continue reading

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